What's New for 2012:
- Each model offers new, more powerful and more fuel-efficient engines
- 4Matic all-wheel drive now standard on E550 model
- Engine stop/start feature now standard on E63 model
- Electromechanical steering replaces hydraulic on E550 and 4Matic-equipped models
- E63 wagon returns to lineup
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is available in four body styles: 5-passenger sedan, 4-passenger coupe, 4-passenger convertible, and 7-passenger wagon. Different trim levels in each style correspond with engines. Lower-trim versions include such features as 17-inch wheels, LED running lights, sunroof, power liftgate, and standard all-wheel drive (AWD).
Standard features on the different models of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class include 10-way power front seats with 4-way lumbar adjustment and memory functions, power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, rearview camera, leather upholstery, and console-mounted transmission lever with paddle shifters.
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class offers several option packages for the different models that include such amenities as 18-inch wheels, heated seats, power rear-window shade, satellite radio, adaptive bi-Xenon headlights with washers and automatic high beams, blind-spot warning system, panoramic sunroof, heated steering wheel, and carbon-fiber engine cover.
Under the Hood
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class offers four different engines, each mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission as standard and rear-wheel drive as standard on all but the Wagon, which offers 4Matic AWD. The E350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine rated at 302 horsepower, while the E350 Bluetec comes with a 3.0-liter, turbo-diesel V-6 engine rated at 210 horsepower with 400 lb.-ft. of torque. The E550 is fitted with a 4.7-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine rated at 402 horsepower, and the E63 AMG is powered by a 5.5-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine rated at 518 horsepower.
EPA average fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class are:
- E350 Sedan: 18/25 mpg (city/highway)
- E350 Bluetec: 22/33/26 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- E550: 16/24 mpg
- E63 AMG: 15/22 mpg for the Sedan and 14/21 mpg for the Wagon
Standard safety features on the 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class are stability and traction control, a battery of air bags that include front-pelvic air bags, emergency telematics service, warning system for driver inattention and drowsiness, and crash-anticipation and crash-avoidance systems.
To date, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not tested the E-Class for frontal-offset, side-impact, or rear-crash protection. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class received "Good" ratings--the Institute's highest--for frontal-offset, side-impact, and rear-impact crash protection and roof strength, and was named a "Top Safety Pick" in 2012.
$53,700–$53,700 Base MSRP
27/32 MPG City/Hwy
$47,700–$47,700 Base MSRP
18/26 MPG City/Hwy
$49,850–$49,850 Base MSRP
17/24 MPG City/Hwy
$59,200–$59,200 Base MSRP
16/24 MPG City/Hwy
$61,700–$61,700 Base MSRP
16/23 MPG City/Hwy
$41,500–$48,390 Base MSRP
16/23 MPG City/Hwy
$50,490–$59,790 Base MSRP
16/26 MPG City/Hwy
$57,150–$57,150 Base MSRP
19/27 MPG City/Hwy